Doosan lets contract for South Korean coalgas plant

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Italiana for the front-end engineering design and technical services for a coal gasification island in South Korea.

Feb 22nd, 2009

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Feb. 22 -- Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd. has let a contract to Foster Wheeler Italiana SPA for the front-end engineering design and technical services for a coal gasification island in South Korea. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Foster Wheeler will also help to secure long-lead items, develop a capital cost estimate, and provide technical training on gasification and technical support during the engineering, procurement, and construction phase.

This subcontract underpins a coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant, which will be operational from the end of 2014. Foster Wheeler will use Royal Dutch Shell PLC's technology for the gasification plant to produce electricity from a solid or liquid fuel.

"First, the fuel through gasification is converted to syngas, which is a mixture mainly of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Second, the syngas is cleaned to remove sulfur compounds and finally is converted to electricity in a combined cycle power block consisting of a gas turbine, a heat recovery steam generator, and a steam turbine" said Foster Wheeler.

Doosan is the EPC contractor for the IGCC plant. The project is partially supported by the Korean government as a part of national research, development, and demonstration projects.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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